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Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 31

by Heather Ward / ColoradoAvalanche.com
San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage (20-21-4-0) continued its 10-game home stretch on Wednesday and defeated the Rockford IceHogs 6-2 in the second half of a two-game series. The team then split decisions against the Ontario Reign, collecting a 5-4 overtime win on Friday before coming up short 4-3 on Saturday at the AT&T Center. 

The Rampage had a season-high five players record a multi-point night, including Rocco Grimaldi (two goals, one assist), Troy Bourke (one goal, one assist) and Mat Clark (one goal, one assist). Chris Bigras, Gabriel Bourque (two assists), Felix Girard (two assists), J.T. Compher and A.J. Greer all added helpers.  

Jeremy Smith started between the pipes and made 28 saves in the win.  

Clark recorded his second multi-point performance in the last three games. 

Bourke scored a power-play goal 12:11 into the first period to get the Rampage on the board, but Rockford tied it up 65 seconds later. Lindholm found twine with a slap shot from the right point for a 2-1 edge. The IceHogs then netted the equalizer at 3:38 in the third. San Antonio caught fire and lit the lamp four times in the final stanza to finish out the contest.

Jim O'Brien was absent from the lineup after being recalled by the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday for a matchup against the Vancouver Canucks. 

On Friday, Grimaldi stole the show and scored two goals to help lead the team to the franchise's 500th win.

Joe Whitney opened the scoring 38 seconds into the first period. Tied 1-1 in the middle frame, Sergei Boikov recorded his first AHL goal for a 2-1 lead, but Ontario answered with another marker to retie the contest. 

The Rampage claimed its largest lead of the night with goals from Grimaldi and Sam Henley, but the Reign countered again to force the contest into overtime with 57.2 seconds left in regulation.

In the extra frame, Grimaldi collected a pass from Compher and beat goaltender Jack Campbell to capture the win. Jeremy Smith started in the crease and put up 28 stops in the club's victory. 

The following night, the Rampage rallied after trailing 4-2 in the second period but would not be as fortunate. 

Greer scored the first marker of the night, finishing passes from Compher and Clark. Ontario quickly countered and took a 2-1 lead before Compher blasted home a loose puck to tie it up heading into the first intermission.

The Reign slipped two more past Martin to solidify the lead and, despite a tally from Sergei Boikov, took the win. Martin made nine saves in the contest and spilt time with Smith, who stopped all 12 shots he faced. Girard and Whitney assisted on the final Rampage marker.

Grimaldi leads the team in points (35) and goals (18) and has 17 assists this season. Greer follows with 32 points (13 goals) and leads the squad in assists (19).

Greer participated in the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic on Sunday and Monday as the lone representative from the Rampage. He picked up a goal and an assist in three contests during the main event and placed second in the hardest shot competition with 99.3 mph rocket of a slap shot.

Upcoming: 
Feb. 3 vs. Texas Stars 
Feb. 4 at Texas Stars 
Feb. 10 at Chicago Wolves 

 

Colorado Eagles (ECHL)

The Colorado Eagles started a 10 game home stand with three wins last week at the Budweiser Events Center. The Eagles defeated the Tulsa Oilers 3-2 on Wednesday and swept the Wichita Thunder 8-2 on Friday and 9-4 on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Colorado held a 3-0 lead after two periods, but the Thunder crept back into the match with two goals in the final frame to bring it within one score. The Eagles went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill to secure the victory. Defensemen Cody Corbett finished the game with an assist.

The Eagles went on a scoring frenzy on Friday with six players recording multiple points. Matt Garbowsky also logged his fourth hat trick in the last 10 games. Wichita found the back of the net 5:07 into the second to close the gap 3-1, but the Eagles skated away with five more tallies and outshot the Thunder 38-21.

The following night, Colorado scored seven markers in the opening frame to tie the team's most goals scored in a single period, originally set Nov. 11, 2008. The Eagles started fast and had a commanding 8-4 lead by the middle frame. Colorado had 12 of its 14 skaters collect a point during the competition, paced by Shawn Ouellette-St-Amant and Casey Pierro-Zabote, who each registered four points.  

 

OHL 

Travis Barron (Ottawa 67's): The Ottawa 67's started a seven game home stand with a 6-1 loss to the Mississauga Steelheads on Tuesday. The 67's recovered the following night to defeat the Kingston Frontenacs 5-4 in a shootout. Travis Barron scored in the victory. Barron then tallied a goal and helper in the team's 5-4 overtime triumph against the Niagara IceDogs on Saturday. Barron has 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 42 games this season. 

 

QMJHL

JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (30-12-1-5) are in third place overall with 66 points, after they split decisions last week. The Huskies took on the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and came out with a 3-1 victory on Friday. The club then dropped a 5-2 loss against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Saturday. JC Beaudin is in the midst of a three-game dry spell without a point. He has recorded 23 goals and 39 assists (62 points) in 45 contests. 

Nicolas Meloche (Charlottetown Islanders): The Charlottetown Islanders struggled last week, falling 5-4 in overtime to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Friday and 5-2 against the Saint John Sea Dogs on Sunday. Meloche registered one helper in each match and is on a three-game point streak. His season total comes to 10 goals and 20 assists in 40 games.  

WHL

Josh Anderson (Prince George Cougars): The Cougars competed in three games last week. The team lost 5-3 to the Red Deer Rebels on Friday and bounced back to sweep the Edmonton Oil Kings 11-3 on Friday and 3-1 on Sunday. Anderson scored his first goal of the season on Saturday and has an six assists in 50 contests. 

 

NCAA

Will Butcher (University of Denver): The No. 2-ranked University of Denver (18-6-4) hosted Nebraska-Omaha and picked up a 5-3 win on Friday and a 5-0 victory on Saturday. Will Butcher had three points over the weekend, recording a tally and assist on Friday and a helper on Saturday. The defensemen now as five goals and 19 assists in 28 competitions. On Monday, Bucher was named one of 66 nominees for the 2017 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. 

Tyson Jost (University of North Dakota): The University of North Dakota (No. 13) traveled to Colorado College last week and won 5-2 on Friday before getting shutout 3-0 on Saturday. Jost did not compete and is currently out with an injury. He has 11 goals and 13 assists in 22 games this season.  

Cam Morrison (University of Notre Dame): The University of Notre Dame lost it's only match last week, falling 6-4 against Boston College on Saturday at Kelly Rink. Morrison has collected six goals and eight assists through 26 contests.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State University beat Bemidji State University 2-1 on Friday in the North Star Cup at the Xcel Energy Center, home of the Minnesota Wild. St. Cloud advanced to the final on Saturday but fell 2-1 to No. 1-ranked Minnesota Duluth, placing second in the tournament. Ben Storm, who didn't skate Saturday, has a pair of helpers in 23 games. 

 

Sweden

Gustav Olhaver (Rogle BK J20, Super Elit): Rogle BK was perfect in back-to-back contests last week with a 5-1 victory over Linköping HC on Saturday and a 6-4 win over Södertälje SK on Sunday. Olhaver scored a goal Saturday and added a helper on Sunday. The Swede has appeared in 28 games for Rogle BK has 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists).

Adam Werner (Bjorkloven, Allsvenskan): Bjorkloven had a rocky week, losing 6-4 to VIK Västerås HK on Wednesday and 3-1 versus IK Oskarshamn on Saturday. Werner made 31 saves in the match on Wednesday and has a 2.98 goals-against average and .893 save percentage after 20 games.

Wilhelm Westlund (Almtuna IS, Allsvenskan): Almtuna IS fell 5-4 to MODO Hockey last Wednesday and the squad defeated Timra IK 4-3 on Friday. Westlund has one goal and six assists in 29 outings this year. 

 

Slovakia

Maximilian Pajpach (HK Poprad, Slovak Extraliga): Maximilian Pajpach has split time this season between HK Poprad of Slovak Extraliga and MHC Martin B in Slovakia's second-tier pro league. Pajpach has a 3.96 goals-against average and .878 save percentage in eight games for Poprad. He's recorded a 7.05 goals-against average and .828 save percentage in five contests with MHC Martin B.

 

KHL

Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa): Denis Parshin and Salavat Yulaev Ufa could not find the win column last week. On Wednesday, the team lost 6-2 against Dynamo Moscow and fellow Avalanche prospect Andrei Mironov. Salavat Yulaev Ufa fell 5-3 versus Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on Friday and came up short 3-2 in overtime against Severstal Cherepovets on Sunday, where Parshin had an assist. The Russian has eight goals and nine assists in 49 competitions.

Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow is in second place in the Chernyshev division (98 points) and captured a 6-2 victory against Salavat Yulaev Ufa on Wednesday. The club lost 2-1 versus Metallurg Mg Magnitogorsk on Friday. Andrei Mironov returned to action on Wednesday for the first time since Oct. 28. He has one goal and three assists in 13 games this season. 

 

High School

Nate Clurman (Culver Academy): The Culver Academy went 1-1 with the Milwaukee Admirals Hockey Club last week. Culver started with a 4-1 victory on Saturday and fell 3-1 on Sunday.

 

Central Interior Hockey League

Luke Walker (Terrace River Kings): Walker is currently playing for the Terrace River Kings in the Central Interior Hockey League in British Columbia. Colorado's fifth-round draft choice in 2010 spent the last three seasons in Europe. 

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